Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, and Control Specialization

Starts Aug 20

Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, and Control Specialization

The most important concepts in modern robotics. A study of the kinematics, dynamics, motion planning, and control of mobile robots and robot arms.

About This Specialization

This Specialization provides a rigorous treatment of spatial motion and the dynamics of rigid bodies, employing representations from modern screw theory and the product of exponentials formula. Students with a freshman-level engineering background will quickly learn to apply these tools to analysis, planning, and control of robot motion. Students' understanding of the mathematics of robotics will be solidified by writing robotics software. Students will test their software on a free state-of-the-art cross-platform robot simulator, allowing each student to have an authentic robot programming experience with industrial robot manipulators and mobile robots without purchasing expensive robot hardware. It is highly recommended that Courses 1-6 of the Specialization are taken in order, since the material builds on itself.

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6 courses

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Courses
Intermediate Specialization.
Some related experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Modern Robotics, Course 1: Foundations of Robot Motion

    Upcoming session: Aug 20
    Commitment
    This course requires 4 weeks of study of approximately 3-5 hours/week.
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    Do you want to know how robots work? Are you interested in robotics as a career? Are you willing to invest the effort to learn fundamental mathematical modeling techniques that are used in all subfields of robotics? If so, then the "Modern Ro
  2. COURSE 2

    Modern Robotics, Course 2: Robot Kinematics

    Upcoming session: Aug 20
    Commitment
    This course requires 4 weeks of study of approximately 3-5 hours/week.
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    Do you want to know how robots work? Are you interested in robotics as a career? Are you willing to invest the effort to learn fundamental mathematical modeling techniques that are used in all subfields of robotics? If so, then the "Modern Ro
  3. COURSE 3

    Modern Robotics, Course 3: Robot Dynamics

    Upcoming session: Aug 20
    Commitment
    This course requires 4 weeks of study of approximately 3-5 hours/week.
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    Do you want to know how robots work? Are you interested in robotics as a career? Are you willing to invest the effort to learn fundamental mathematical modeling techniques that are used in all subfields of robotics? If so, then the "Modern Ro
  4. COURSE 4

    Modern Robotics, Course 4: Robot Motion Planning and Control

    Upcoming session: Aug 27
    Commitment
    This course requires 4 weeks of study of approximately 4-7 hours/week.
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    Do you want to know how robots work? Are you interested in robotics as a career? Are you willing to invest the effort to learn fundamental mathematical modeling techniques that are used in all subfields of robotics? If so, then the "Modern Ro
  5. COURSE 5

    Modern Robotics, Course 5: Robot Manipulation and Wheeled Mobile Robots

    Upcoming session: Aug 27
    Commitment
    This course requires 4 weeks of study of approximately 5 hours/week.
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    Do you want to know how robots work? Are you interested in robotics as a career? Are you willing to invest the effort to learn fundamental mathematical modeling techniques that are used in all subfields of robotics? If so, then the "Modern Ro
  6. COURSE 6

    Modern Robotics, Course 6: Capstone Project, Mobile Manipulation

    Upcoming session: Aug 27
    Commitment
    The capstone project requires approximately 20 hours of effort, depending on your programming skill.
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    The capstone project of the Modern Robotics specialization is on mobile manipulation: simultaneously controlling the motion of a wheeled mobile base and its robot arm to achieve a manipulation task. This project integrates several topics

Creators

  • Northwestern University

    Kevin Lynch is Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. He is the author of three books on robotics, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. He is a member of the Neuroscience and Robotics Lab (NxR), a collaboration between the medical school, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and the McCormick School of Engineering.

    Northwestern University is a private research and teaching university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries.

  • Kevin Lynch

    Kevin Lynch

    Professor

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